Making Meaning

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It can be challenging to help students see reading as an interactive process that involves thinking, questioning, discussing, rereading, and responding to texts. Making Meaning lessons are designed to deepen teacher understanding of effective instruction and illuminate student thinking about literature, supporting the development of critical thinking and a lifelong love of reading.

Part of the CCC Collaborative Literacy suite of programs, Making Meaning provides a full year of research-based instruction for grades K–6* that helps teachers deepen their understanding of best practices for teaching comprehension and vocabulary. The curriculum intentionally combines academics with social and emotional learning to create an environment in which students learn to collaborate, agree and disagree respectfully, and take responsibility for their own learning. Carefully selected nonfiction and fiction read-aloud trade books provide a rich, rewarding experience as students encounter increasingly complex texts and build their vocabulary.

Learn More About Making Meaning

Download the brochure, view our informational webinar, or visit the CCC Learning Hub to explore lessons, interactive whiteboard activities, assessment forms, vocabulary teaching resources, and professional development media. See what’s new in the Making Meaning third edition by grade level here.

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I love how authentic the lessons and focus strategies are. It’s what good readers, listeners, and community members do in real life.

Monica McCurry, fourth-grade teacher

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Additional Libraries to Support Read-alouds

The Comprehension Strategies Libraries provide grade-level books designed to support instruction of the specific strategies used in the lessons. These read-aloud texts can be used to teach the comprehension focus of the week, or as an option should a teacher choose to repeat a week of instruction.

Books in Spanish

Spanish-language trade books selected for the Making Meaning program support comprehension strategy instruction for each grade. Each book was chosen for use in a Making Meaning, Third Edition, strategy unit. The books are not intended to replace specific English-language read-aloud texts within the units. Rather, they offer more opportunities for teachers instructing in Spanish to support or extend a unit’s instruction. There are 44 titles total, 7–8 titles per grade.

Download lists of the titles of the Spanish-language trade books for Making Meaning here:

Or view all the Making Meaning Spanish trade book sets here.

Correlations to Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

To correlate your instruction to the goals of the Common Core, you can use our correlation tool. It allows you to search by either program or Common Core standard to: identify all standards addressed in a selected program within a unit, week, or lesson; or find which lessons in any program address a selected standard. Educators in Texas and Virginia can download correlations here.

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*Upgrades to the third edition of Making Meaning for grade 6 will be available in 2016. Shipping is 6% against prices at time of upgrade. Expires 7/31/19.

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